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Contouring makeup: 4 tools that help master the look

Better than paint-by-number--the *Blush It On Contour Palette*

Better than paint-by-number--the *Blush It On Contour Palette* from Paula's Photo Credit: Paula's Choice

Contouring of old was of the Picasso school -- stark lines, harsh contrasts. Today highlighting and shaping facial features is more like Monet -- softer, subtler.

Start with Make Up for Ever's Pro Sculpting Duo in a lightweight gel-powder; $39 at

Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Sticks make the art of defined cheekbones or a trimmer nose as easy as one, two, three. A darker shade creates shadows, a lighter shade highlights and a bronze transition shade seamlessly blends; $45 at

Better than paint-by-number -- the Blush It On Contour Palette from Paula's Choice provides six shades to bring out a flawless, more luminous you: including pearl, bronze, delicate coral, dusty rose, peony and soft mauve; $36 at

Sephora's new Map My Beauty Pocket Contour Class is a virtual makeup class in a phone app. Upload a selfie and a program analyzes your face, teaching how best to contour; Sephora-To-Go app, free on iTunes.


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